Katharine Ashe: I MARRIED THE DUKE

I Married the Duke by Katharine Ashe
The Prince Catchers #1
Avon 2013
363 pages
5/5 stars

I forget why I decided to give Ashe a try – I probably saw an interview somewhere or someone summarised the plot of one of her books. This particular title, however, I got because this series is what the library has. I’m always a little apprehensive when I pick up a new author, and the first couple of chapters had me suspicious. But boy oh boy, did I get into it towards the end! Well worth it, let me tell you.

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Maya Rodale: LADY BRIDGET’S DIARY

Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale
Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #1
Avon 2016
361 pages
5/5 stars

This first book in Rodale’s new series introduces the Cavendish family: the three girls and the son, who has just inherited an English dukedom. Their arrival in London creates speculation and stir because, like the heroine of Eloisa James’s latest novel, this family, and therefore the heroine of this novel, are American.

You can also tell by the title that there is definitely a Bridget Jones connection here. While I’m not hugely into very light romance, Rodale hits exactly the right tone and right balance of fun and serious for me!

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Sarah MacLean: NO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean
Rule of Scoundrels #3
Piatkus 2013
382 pages
3/5 stars

There’s just something that doesn’t sit right with me in MacLean’s novels. This is my second one (previous being from her Love By Numbers series, Eleven Scandals to Start to Win A Duke’s Heart), and although very different from Eleven Scandals, it still didn’t quite get to me. Let us examine the reasons, as far as I can analyse them.

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Lisa Kleypas: DEVIL IN WINTER

Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
Wallflowers #3
Avon 2006
368 pages
5/5 stars

I have been recommended Devil in Winter left, right and centre by my romance-reading friends. As I’m not the biggest fan of Kleypas, I hemmed and hawed but got it from the library, and then I got to the second renewal before actually reading it.

Guys. Guys, this one is amazing.

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Lisa Kleypas: SEDUCE ME AT SUNRISE

Seduce Me at Sunrise by Lisa Kleypas
Hathaways #2
Piatkus 2008
360 pages
3/5 stars

Once again I’m reading a series out of order: I started the Hathaway series from the last book, but at least this time I’d read the first before the second! In the first book I found I liked the idea of Merripen, this big, sort of savage man being fiercely in love with Win, the frail and beautiful woman out of his league. Turns out I’m not such a big fan after all.

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